PMC sets aside budget for citizens’ projects, then struggles to spend it

Naim Keruwala of Janwani said there was good response to the initiative of creating awareness and providing guidance to fill up the application for suggesting development works in their respective area. "The number of suggestions were 600 in 2012-2013 and they increased to 3,300 for the coming financial year. This also increased the budgetary provision for the purpose," he added.

Despite concerns over poor implementation, PMC has increased the budgetary provision from Rs 26.24 crore in 2012-13 to Rs 36.9 crore for the financial year 2013-14. Keruwala said Janwani would also keep track on the implementation of the citizen participatory budget.

In the increased provision for next financial year, road development has the largest share followed by electricity and piped drainage. Among the wards, the largest allocation — Rs 3 crore each — for 2013-2014 has been made for public works on Nagar Road, in Bhavani Peth and Kasba Vishrambaugwada.

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